Global Roofing Chemicals Market – Increasing Need for Thermal Management in Buildings to Drive Growth| Technavio

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A major trend being observed in the market is the rising development of bio-based roofing chemicals. With the increasing concerns about toxic effects of synthetic chemical-based roofing products on the environment and humans, the need for developing bio-based and sustainable roofing products is rising at a high rate. Many consumers across the globe are looking for greener, bio-based or natural chemistries to replace petrochemical-based products.

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In this report, Technavio analysts highlight the growing need for thermal management in buildings as a key factor contributing to the growth of the global roofing chemicals market:

Growing need for thermal management in buildings

With the rising sustainable living standards and growing middle-class population, the need for reducing the carbon footprint of houses has increased. This has fueled the demand for roofing chemicals. Roofing chemicals are highly efficient for the thermal management of buildings. These chemicals provide high reflectivity properties to the roofs, thereby lowering the temperature of the houses.

According to a senior analyst at Technavio for construction, “The use of roofing chemicals on the rooftops reduces the energy consumption by keeping the temperature low and results in reduced carbon emissions. Reflective roof chemicals shield the roofing materials from UV light also. Roofing chemicals can extend the lifespan of roofs, reduce the cooling energy costs by 20% to 70%, and can also reduce air pollution. The necessity for cool non-white coatings arose as dark colors absorb more heat and are also aesthetically appealing.”

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Roofing chemicals – market segmentation

This market research report segments the global roofing chemicals market into the following products (asphalt/bituminous, acrylic resin, epoxy resin, and elastomer) and key regions (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). It provides an in-depth analysis of the prominent factors influencing the market, including drivers, opportunities, trends, and industry-specific challenges.

Of the four major products, the asphalt/bituminous segment held the largest market share in 2017, accounting for nearly 41% of the market. The market share of this segment is expected to increase by almost 1% during the forecast period.

APAC dominated the global roofing chemicals market in 2017, accounting for a market share of around 40%. This region is anticipated to post the fastest growth during the forecast period.

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Northampton mum-to-be ‘scared’ after being moved to hotel following asbestos fear in flat roof

An expectant mum from Northampton is saying enough is enough to her housing association after, she claims, asbestos has been found in her roof.

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Jade Fuller, 25, of Billing Road has been living in her property for nine years. But on Friday, after builders arrived to fix a leaky bedroom light, which has been dripping since April 1, she says she discovered her property had been insulated with asbestos.

But upon voicing her concerns about the potentially deadly substance, Jade says no-one has been out to see her since.

She said: “I rang them Friday – I said ‘what’s going on about the roof?’ And they said ‘we believe there’s asbestos in the roof, we can’t send anyone out until we’ve had it checked.

“They put me in a hotel from Friday until Tuesday, just gone, and they’ve still not made it safe.”

While she was away – the mum-to-be was at least expecting her leaky bedroom light to be fixed and for the asbestos to be cleared – but she says nothing has changed.

“They’ve done nothing and I’m just made to come back here,” she added.

Jade, who is six weeks pregnant, is calling on Orbit to move her to a safer property for her and her soon-to-be infant.

“It’s scary because I’m pregnant as well now, it’s not great. I don’t want to be here – I don’t want to live here at all – it’s not a nice place to live.

“I want to move really. I’ve asked them for an urgent transfer, or anything, and they’re saying ‘I don’t think we can do that’.

“But I’m just supposed to be left in a property that’s unsafe?”

Jade’s living room also has mould on the ceiling and around the windows.

“I suffer with depression and anxiety, mainly since I’ve been living here.”

Neil Yeomans, head of property compliance at Orbit said: “We want all of our customers to live in homes that are secure and comfortable, and we apologise to Miss Fuller for the inconvenience this has caused.

“However, we wanted to make absolutely sure that her home is safe and can confirm that at no time were Miss Fuller and her partner in any danger of breathing in asbestos fibres.

“We temporarily relocated her and her partner as a precautionary measure.

A surveyor attended her home again yesterday (Wednesday) to confirm exactly what was needed to complete the roof repair, which Orbit say they plan to carry out as soon as possible.

Am I At Risk Of Asbestos From HSE?

Am I At Risk Of Asbestos From HSE?

Workers involved in refurbishment, maintenance and other similar trades, could be at risk of exposure to asbestos during their work. This includes:

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  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Roofing contractors
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Computer and data installers
  • General maintenance staff eg caretakers
  • Telecommunications engineers
  • Architects, building surveyors, and other such professionals
  • Cable layers
  • Electricians

This list does not include all occupations at risk from potential exposure to asbestos.

When am I most at risk?

You are most at risk when:

  • the building you are working on was built before the year 2000
  • you are working on an unfamiliar site
  • asbestos-containing materials were not identified before the job was started
  • asbestos-containing materials were identified but this information was not passed on by the people in charge to the people doing the work
  • you haven’t done a risk assessment
  • you don’t know how to recognise and work safely with asbestos
  • you have not had appropriate information, instruction and training
  • you know how to work safely with asbestos, but you choose to put yourself at risk by not following proper precautions, perhaps to save time or because no one else is following proper procedures


  • you can’t see or smell asbestos fibres in the air
  • the effects of being exposed to asbestos take many years to show up – avoid breathing it in now
  • people who smoke and are also exposed to asbestos fibres are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer
  • asbestos is only a danger when fibres are made airborne and breathed in
  • as long as the asbestos is in good condition and it is located somewhere where it can’t be easily damaged then it shouldn’t be a risk to you

Where might you find asbestos?

Some of the places where you may find it can be found in our residential and industrial building diagrams.

The section on ‘Managing and working with asbestos’ provides further information on working with asbestos.

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Man fined for dumping asbestos in NSW

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A man has copped a $7500 fine for dumping a load of waste mixed with asbestos next to a water plant in regional NSW.

The man from Perthville was fined after he was caught on CCTV off-loading the asbestos outside the Bathurst Water Filtration Plant in September 2017.

NSW Environment Protection Agency spokesman Sandie Jones said the cost of disposing of the asbestos legally at Bathurst landfill would have been about $35.

Instead, the illegal dumping cost tax-payers more than $4000 for the Bathurst Regional Council to employ a licensed asbestos contractor to help safely clean up the site.

“In the age of surveillance cameras, dashboard cameras and cameras on mobile phones, the chances of a witness observing waste dumpers are ever increasing,” Ms Jones said in a statement on Thursday.

Bathurst Mayor Graham Hanger said the council will be seeking to recover the costs of the clean up from those who dumped the waste.

Lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis can result from an individual breathing in the fibres if they become airborne, according to Safe Work Australia.

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Retired resident troubled by asbestos in ‘leaking’ roof

Retired resident troubled by asbestos in ‘leaking’ roof

By Alex Jones in Local People

A HOUSING association has come under fire from a resident who is concerned about asbestos and repair “delays”.

Gwyn Roberts, 62, lives indepenedently in the Felin Uchaf complex in Dolgellau along with several other elderly or vulnerable residents.

After retiring early due to medical issues, Mr Roberts moved into his property, maintained by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), five years ago.

In those five years, the 62-year-old claims he has faced an uphill battle to get his flat to an acceptable living standard and to get CCG to even respond to his complaints.

“My roof, and several others around here, has been leaking like a sieve for a long time now,” Mr Roberts told the Cambrian News.

“I’ve made numerous complaints and it’s only through constant nagging that anything is getting done.

“After 18 months of perpetual pestering I’ve managed to get them to replace my roof and my neighbouring flats too but we’re the only ones as far as I can see.

“They’ve told us to stay indoors whilst the work is ongoing as there’s asbestos in the roof – they won’t tell me what kind – so that begs the question of whether a leaky roof with asbestos in it is safe?

“I’ve spoken to other residents about it and they’ve expressed their concern too.

“I’ve seen the state of some of the roofing timbers throughout the site, something serious will happen unless the proper measures are taken.”

A CCG spokesperson said: “Many houses constructed before 1999 contain asbestos materials. When we commission any works that disrupt the fabric of the building, we check for the presence of asbestos and, if found, appropriate action is taken.

“Asbestos-related material was present in the roof of 6 and 7 Felin Uchaf and specialist contractors were appointed to have it removed.

“Following an inspection, it was also identified that the most viable solution for these properties was to completely replace the roofs.

“We have appointed contractors who are currently working on site.”

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House seller pestered for years over asbestos dispute in Oakley

House seller pestered for years over asbestos dispute in Oakley

A DISPUTE over asbestos in an Oakley house resulted in a woman being sent defamatory correspondence over a period of almost six years.

Kevin Rushford repeatedly contacted the woman after asbestos was found in a house bought by his mother.

His behaviour resulted in Rushford, 54, of Windyhill Avenue, Kincardine, going on trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He was found guilty of a charge that between December 13, 2010, and November 8, 2016, at James Hog Crescent, Oakley, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused Amanda Paterson fear or alarm by repeatedly and persistently sending correspondence to her, her employer and family members of a defamatory nature claiming she had defrauded him and she was due him money as recompense.

In his evidence during the two-day hearing, Rushford said his mother had purchased the house in 2008 and almost immediately a warning sign about asbestos had been discovered.

He told the court it cost £25,000 to have the asbestos removed and the property restored.

Rushford was found guilty by Sheriff Craig McSherry who called for reports and sentencing will take place on March 7.

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Profile of a killer: 6 surprising facts about asbestos


Nowadays, the mere mention of asbestos is enough to send a shiver of concern through most people – and rightly so. Despite updated asbestos regulations coming into force in 2012, asbestos is still the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths and remains a source of misery and ill-health the world over.

However, in recent human history asbestos was revered as a ‘magic mineral’, used in a wide range of commercial and industrial products and applications. Read on to discover more…

 1. Asbestos is a natural product – and still mined today

Unlike many toxic substances found in the workplace and which are manmade, asbestos is a naturally occurring material. A silicate mineral with long, thin fibrous crystals, asbestos is mined from the earth – a practice which is still carried out in Russia, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan and, up until 2011, in Canada. In 2009, two million tonnes of asbestos were mined worldwide.

2. Asbestos refers to a group of minerals

The terms ‘asbestos’ actually refers to a set of six minerals. All six are strong, heat resistant and chemically inert – properties that originally made it such a ‘desirable’ material for a range of products and applications. Of the six types, three were commonly used in the UK: chrysotile (white asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos). All six have been found to harm human health due to the long term damage that breathing microscopic asbestos fibres causes to the lungs.

3. We have used asbestos for almost 5000 years

The earliest known use of asbestos was in about 2,500 B.C in what is now Finland, where fibres were mixed with clay to form stronger ceramic utensils and pots. Since then it was used by most of the world’s major civilizations, including the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians, where its fire-resistant properties were heralded by many as a form of ‘magic’. However, it wasn’t until 1858 that the asbestos industry formally began, when the Johns Company in New York began mining asbestos for use as industrial insulation.

4. Asbestos toothpaste?

It might seem incredible to us now that we are aware of its dangers, but during the first half of the driptwentieth century asbestos was used in a variety of surprising applications. Back in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, for example, asbestos was used to make a fake snow product that was used as a Christmas decoration. Its heat-resistant properties meant it was thought of much lower  fire risk than alternatives – and it was even used on the film set of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ In the 1950s asbestos also appeared in the filters of some cigarettes (as if smoking wasn’t dangerous enough!)  and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, as an added ingredient in a brand of toothpaste – apparently due to the abrasive quality of its fibres!

5. Asbestos exposure kills somebody every five hours

As early as the 1930s it was understood that exposure to asbestos fibres could cause a range of health problems, the most serious of which is mesothelioma – cancer of the outer lining of the lung which is invariably fatal.  Due to the risks posed by indirect exposure, it is difficult to put an exact figure on the number killed. However, the British Lung Foundation estimate that more than 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the UK and someone dies every five hours. What’s more, in a report called Projection of mesothelioma mortality in Great Britain produced for the HSE, around 91,000 deaths are predicted to occur in the UK by 2050 as a direct result of exposure to asbestos.

6. Knowledge is key

Despite the fact that it asbestos no longer used in UK industry, asbestos related deaths are predicted to rise due to exposure of workers and others to asbestos in existing installations such a older buildings, industrial plant, older vehicles and so on. That is why the duty of occupiers to undertake surveys and to have plans for managing asbestos safely are so important. If you are unclear about the dangers of asbestos, you and your colleagues need basic asbestos awareness training, followed by training and professional advice on what you need to do to keep yourself and others safe from this potentially deadly substance.

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Asbestos encapsulation: why removal isn’t always the best option

Asbestos: the background

Asbestos was extensively used by the UK construction industry from the 1950s to the mid-1980s for a wide range of applications, the most common being fireproofing and insulation.

Take the education sector, for instance. From the 1950s to the 1980s, ‘system buildings’ were one of the most popular methods of erecting school premises. However, this method of construction relied on structural columns being fireproofed with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM).

Asbestos: the current picture

Although asbestos was made illegal in 1999, it’s highly probable that any building that was built before the year 2000 contains some form of asbestos.

Asbestos encapsulation: why removal isn't always the best optionAccording to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) asbestos materials in good condition are considered safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials become damaged. And it’s these ‘damaged’ particles that have been proven over the years to present a health risk, with asbestos being linked to diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening, and mesothelioma

Given this risk, individuals and companies responsible for maintaining and repairing premises have a duty to manage asbestos as part of the Control of Asbestos Regulations, which came into force in 2012.

What’s more, an abundance of Government-funded research and funding has resulted in many schools being tasked with the challenge of finding an asbestos management solution that suits their property and meets their budget and timescale.

However, what many people do not realise is that according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations, asbestos that is in good condition, can be left where it is, providing an in-place management plan is exercised.

Why opt for encapsulation over removal and what are the benefits?

While asbestos removal may seem like the obvious choice for dealing with asbestos, it’s often complicated, expensive and can result in extensive downtime. In contrast, asbestos encapsulation within a seamless, protective coating is possibly the safest and most cost effective method of asbestos management. It involves relatively little disturbance of the asbestos, therefore minimising risk.

But that’s not the only advantage to asbestos encapsulation. For example, roofs are an area where asbestos tends to be rife, with an estimated 1.5 million non-domestic properties reported to have an asbestos roof. Opting to encapsulate roof asbestos as opposed to removing it:

  • Eradicates the need to dispose of the material, which can be hazardous, costly and is subject to strict controls
  • Can be completed more efficiently which, in turn, reduces overall disruption, on-site time and any associated costs

How does asbestos encapsulation work?

Encapsulation involves covering the asbestos with performance coating that predominantly:

  • Protects and repairs any damaged asbestos and seals any exposed, raw asbestos edges
  • Increases the useful life of the material
  • Reduces any fibre release through general degradation
  • Protects against accidental knocks and scrapes
  • Improves the overall appearance of the material

Special polyurea products are used to apply the coating, which typically only has to be applied once and can often seal asbestos that’s present in hard to reach places. What’s more, another advantage offering by the coating is that it’s less likely to flake or crack over time.

Compared to other more traditional materials like polyurethane and epoxies, polyurea technologies offer fast and reliable application. Touch dry in a matter of minutes, layers can be built up quickly, which means a site can return to service in hours, rather than weeks.

A plural component spray, polyurea technologies are renowned for outperforming all other performance coatings when it comes to preventing or bridging dynamic cracks, providing durability and the ultimate layer of protection. With no VOCs, polyurea technologies are also ideal for environments where health and safety is of primary concern, as well as buildings that will remain occupied during the application process.

As with any polyurea treatment, encapsulation is conducted by trained staff in controlled conditions and in accordance with the latest industry regulations and standards. Although every encapsulation is tailored to each site, most processes tend to typically involve adequately preparing the area to ensure the best possible results and regular follow up checks to assess the condition of the asbestos over time.

While many people’s instinct might be to remove asbestos, it’s worth remembering that it’s not necessarily the safest or most cost effective solution. Providing the asbestos is deemed to be in good condition, taking the route of asbestos encapsulation is a highly effective, more affordable way of managing asbestos, not to mention, less hazardous and more efficient.

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Asbestos Instruction and Training from HSE

Asbestos information, instruction and training from official HSE

Every employer must make sure that anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others.

What type of information, instruction and training is necessary?

Workers and supervisors must be able to recognise asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and know what to do if they come across them in order to protect themselves and others.

There are three main levels of information, instruction and training. These relate to:

  • Asbestos awareness
  • Non-licensable work with asbestos including NNLW
  • Licensable work with asbestos.

Attending a training course on its own will not make a worker competent. Competence is developed over time by implementing and consolidating skills learnt during training, on-the-job learning, instruction and assessment.

It is important that the level of information, instruction and training is appropriate for the work and the roles undertaken by each worker (and supervisor). Using a training needs analysis (TNA) will help to identify what topics should be covered to ensure workers have the right level of competence to avoid putting themselves or others at risk.

Asbestos awareness

Information, instruction and training for asbestos awareness is intended to give workers and supervisors the information they need to avoid work that may disturb asbestos during any normal work which could disturb the fabric of a building, or other item which might contain asbestos. It will not prepare workers, or self-employed contractors, to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials. If a worker is planning to carry out work that will disturb ACMs, further information, instruction and training will be needed.

Examples of those affected are listed below. There will be other occupations where asbestos may be disturbed in addition to those listed.:

  • General maintenance workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Joiners
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Roofers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Telecommunication engineers
  • Fire/burglar alarm installers
  • Computer and data installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors

Information, instruction and training about asbestos awareness should cover the following:

  • the properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
  • the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos materials in buildings and plant
  • the general procedures to deal with an emergency, eg an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace
  • how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos

Online learning (often referred to as e–learning) is increasingly used as a method of providing asbestos awareness training. HSE recognises the use of e-learning as a viable delivery method, among others, for asbestos awareness training, provided it satisfies the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143 ‘Managing and working with asbestos’.

Workers who plan to carry out work that will disturb asbestos require a higher level of information, instruction and training, in addition to asbestos awareness. This should take account of whether the work is non-licensednotifiable non-licensed work (NNLW); or licensed work and should be job specific.

Non-licensable work, including Notifiable Non-licensed Work (NNLW)

Workers who may need this level of information, instruction and training include those listed under asbestos awareness above and whose work will requirethem to disturb asbestos-containing materials, such as:

  • drilling holes in asbestos materials (including for sampling and analysis purposes)
  • laying cables in areas containing undamaged asbestos materials
  • removing asbestos-containing floor tiles
  • cleaning or repairing asbestos cement sheet roofing or cladding

The information, instruction and training for non-licensable work with asbestos, including NNLW, should cover the following:

  • how to make suitable and sufficient assessments about the risk of exposure to asbestos
  • safe work practices and control measures, including an explanation of the correct use of control measures, protective equipment and work methods
  • selection and appropriate use of protective equipment
  • waste handling procedures
  • emergency procedures
  • relevant legal requirements
  • circumstances when non-licensed work may be notifiable (ie NNLW)

This is not a complete list.  The information, instruction and training should be appropriate to the work being done and should be tailored accordingly.

Employers should also make sure that workers  doing non-licensable work or NNLW have seen:

  • a copy of the risk assessment for that work
  • a copy of the plan of work
  • where applicable, details and results of any air monitoring, including results for similar work

In addition, the following information should be given to workers, on request:

  • maintenance records for control measures
  • their own personal information from health records
  • the results of any face-fit test (FFT) for RPE provided for work with asbestos
  • a copy of the individual’s training record

Important – This level of information, instruction and training is not sufficient for licensable work with asbestos.

Licensable work with asbestos

Most work with higher risk asbestos-containing materials must be carried out by licensed contractors. Only competent workers and managers, provided with suitable information instruction and training and using appropriate respiratory and other protective equipment, may undertake licensed asbestos work. Further information on providing information instruction and training for licensable work can be found in The licensed contractors’ guide HSG 247 and the Approved Code of Practice L143 Managing and working with asbestos.

Employers should also make the following information available to workers doing licensable work with asbestos: For the specific work being done:

  • a copy of the risk assessment for that work
  • a copy of the plan of work
  • details of any air monitoring and results
  • details of notification of work made to the enforcing authority

General information

  • maintenance records for control measures
  • the individual’s own personal information from health records
  • the results of any face-fit test for RPE provided for work with asbestos
  • a copy of the licence
  • any anonymised collective information from the health records

Refreshing information, instruction and training on asbestos awareness

Information instruction and training on asbestos awareness is merely intended to help workers avoid carrying out work that will disturb asbestos. There is no legal requirement to repeat an entire formal awareness refresher training course every 12 months. However some form of refresher should be given, as necessary, to help ensure knowledge of asbestos awareness is maintained.

Refresher awareness could be given as e-learning or as part of other health and safety updates, rather than through a formal training course. For example, an employer, manager or supervisor who has attended an awareness course and who is competent to do so, could deliver an update or safety talk to employees in house.

A realistic, commonsense approach to refreshing knowledge and skills, based on judgement of individual abilities and training needs is all that is usually required.

There is no need for employees who have received training for licensable or non-licensable work to do the lower level awareness refresher training.

Refreshing information, instruction and training for licensable and non-licensable work including Notifiable Non-licensed Work (NNLW)

Refreshing information instruction and training for licensable and non-licensable work should be appropriate to the work each worker is doing and be based on training needs analysis (TNA) that will help to decide what is needed. For example, for those found to have extensive training needs, this may involve classroom teaching or practical training.  For others, information instruction and training could be given as part of other health and safety updates or, for example, as part of a toolbox talk or e-learning to refresh experienced workers on the main principles and expectations.

Refresher information, instruction and training for licensable and non-licensable work should be provided every year, or more frequently if:

  • work methods change
  • the type of equipment used to control exposure changes
  • the type of work carried out changes significantly
  • gaps in competency are identified

It should include reviewing where things have gone wrong and sharing good practice.

Where training needs analysis indicates, there should be an appropriate element of practical training, particularly covering decontamination procedures, use of RPE, FFT and controlled removal techniques.

Certificates of training

There is no legal requirement for employees to hold a certificate of training before they can work with asbestos.

Many training providers issue trainees with certificates. A certificate is not proof of competency to do the job, but where issued, a certificate shows the individual has had training and may be kept as part of an individuals training record. Where training certificates are provided they sometimes have an expiry date (eg after a year). Expiry does not always mean that ‘full’ retraining is mandatory, as a result.

Record keeping – licensable and non-licensable work with asbestos

A record of the information, instruction and training received by each individual should be kept to:

  • help employers carry out ongoing training needs analysis
  • support individual workers in demonstrating their knowledge, skills and experience when they move from one employer to another
  • where applicable, comply with the licensing process

Information, instruction and training for safety representatives

The information, instruction and training provided to safety representatives  and elected representatives of employees needs to be appropriate to their role.

Employers should consult safety representatives and elected representatives of employee safety in good time about the information, instruction and training they intend to provide.

Where the results of air monitoring show that the relevant control limit has been unexpectedly exceeded, employers should tell employees, safety representatives and elected representatives of employee health and safety about this as quickly as possible and give details of the reasons for what happened and the remedial action taken or proposed.

Information and instruction for non-employees

Employers who are working on asbestos in premises have a duty to make sure that, adequate information and instruction is given to those who are not employed by them but who are present in the premises and could be affected by the work.

This should include details of:

  • the location(s) where work is taking place, so people can avoid them
  • possible risks from rearranging thoroughfares and fire exits as a result of the work being done
  • any other information to help people avoid risks from the disturbance of asbestos-containing materials caused by the work being done

Self employed workers

Self employed workers should make sure that they have the right level of information, instruction and training to protect themselves and make sure that others are not put at risk from their work activities.

Selecting a competent trainer

Important – Competent providers of information, instruction and training should have adequate practical experience in the asbestos sector and a theoretical knowledge of all relevant aspects of the work being carried out by the employee. It is the responsibility of the employer to determine whether a training provider is suitable or not.

How do I find a training provider?

Some of the training associations whose members provide training for working with asbestos are listed below. There are many other organisations that offer asbestos training. In providing links to the organisations listed below HSE is not endorsing the organisations, the content of their websites, or the products or services offered.

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How do you know if you have asbestos?

How do you know if you have asbestos?

As a commercial property owner of premises leased or rented to business, you may have management or control of your premises. 

Use this checklist to help you find and identify asbestos in your building or structure.

  • Identify when the building was constructed

Asbestos was widely used as a construction and insulation material in buildings constructed before the late-1980s. Australia banned the use or import of blue and brown asbestos or asbestos products in the mid-1980s, and banned all manufacture or import of white asbestos products in December 2003.

However, building materials may have been stockpiled, stored or recycled and used in the construction of buildings after the bans came into place. This means there is still a chance that asbestos containing materials may be in buildings constructed after the mid-1980s.

Of course any refurbishment or extensions to an original building before the mid-1980s may have used asbestos containing materials. Just because the original parts of the building do not contain asbestos, you should not assume that additions do not.

  • Identify what materials were used in constructing the building

Think about your building’s main construction materials. Is it constructed from timber, brick, steel, cement sheet or another material?

If you have cement sheet, there’s a chance it could contain asbestos fibres bonded to cement particles. For example, if a roof is made from corrugated cement sheeting, there’s a chance it contains asbestos.

Because of the hardiness and waterproofing qualities of asbestos, areas of the building prone to wet conditions like bathrooms, toilets and laundries may have asbestos sheeting or asbestos vinyl tiles in the walls and floors. Likewise, pipes throughout the building that carry water and sewage may also contain asbestos.

  • Do a walkthrough inspection to find asbestos

Conduct a thorough inspection of all buildings and structures including all rooms and spaces, ceiling spaces, cellars, shafts, storage areas and wall cavities.

You should always assume material contains asbestos, or get it tested when:

– it can’t be identified

– it can’t be accessed and is likely to contain asbestos

– you otherwise can’t be sure it doesn’t contain asbestos.

The design plans for a building, structure, ship or plant may help in identifying inaccessible areas. Talking to builders, architects, manufacturers of plant and maintenance employees can also help. Experience and findings from inspections of similar sections of the building (or similar buildings) may also be helpful.

It’s important to take notes and photos during your inspection because the notes can be used to produce the asbestos register.You can find more information about asbestos registers in the Manage Asbestos section

  • Use a competent person to identify asbestos

Anyone inspecting for asbestos, determining risk, or recommending control measures must be competent to do so.

To be competent a person should:

– have appropriate training, knowledge and experience in identifying suspected asbestos materials and be able to determine risk and appropriate controls

– be familiar with building and construction practices to determine where asbestos is likely to be present

– be able to determine that material may be friable or non-friable and evaluate its condition.

If you do not have the capability to identify asbestos, then you should use an external providers, for example, a consultant.

  • Selecting an external provider

When selecting an external provider, you should consider:

– their background and experience

– their specific expertise

– their qualifications or professional affiliations

– references from previous work (consider asking for examples of reports prepared for other clients).

An example of a suitably competent person may be an occupational hygienist with experience in identifying asbestos and assessing its associated risks.

An occupational hygienist who specialises in asbestos can provide advice on:

– identifying asbestos in a workplace

– developing an asbestos register

– reviewing an asbestos register

– the sampling of asbestos fibres in the air and the comparison of these to the asbestos exposure standard

– provision of a clearance certificate

How to find an Occupational Hygienist
You can find a qualified Occupational Hygienist through the Australian Institute of Occupational HygienistsThis external link will open in a new window.

National Association of Testing Authority
A suitably competent person may also be found at companies approved by the National Association of Testing AuthoritiesThis external link will open in a new window (NATA) 

  • Taking samples of asbestos

If samples are taken for the purpose of determining if asbestos is present, it is important that representative samples are taken. If there are variations in appearance, texture or colour of the material you’ll need to take additional samples for consistency and valid analysis. For example, full-thickness samples of friable material back to the substrate should be taken. You should also consider taking samples from difficult areas where there is evidence of previous asbestos removals.

The analysis must be undertaken [insert the Asbestos Samples] by a person who is suitably trained and experienced in a safe method of taking samples of asbestos-containing materials.

Samples should be taken in a controlled manner that does not create a risk to the person taking the sample, or people who will work or visit the area where the sample was taken. People taking samples should assess the risk and implement appropriate controls. These may include the use of a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered vacuum cleaner and/or a water spray bottle to suppress airborne dust (a respirator – approved by AS/NZS 1716:2003 Respiratory protective devices – may also be used to minimise exposure).

Samples need to be placed in sealed containers (for example, snap-lock durable bags) and appropriately labelled so that it’s clear where the sample was taken.

Find out more about taking asbestos samples

  • Arrange for analysis of asbestos samples

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, only approved analysts can analyse samples containing asbestos.

An approved asbestos analyst is an analyst approved by NATA to perform asbestos fibre counting or to identify asbestos in samples and to issue findings as endorsed reports under the authority of a NATA-accredited laboratory.

Before you take a sample to a laboratory, you should confirm the laboratory is accredited to perform asbestos analysis. You can do this by visiting National Association of Testing AuthoritiesThis external link will open in a new window (NATA).

The laboratory will give you a report of your asbestos sample. Endorsed reports have the NATA insignia stamped on the report. You should keep the endorsed report as evidence of compliance.